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Always Choose a Specialist over a Generalist

LearnDash

Today there are a countless number of business and service providers in the learning industry who claim that they can do it all – but is that really provide the customer with inherent value? Be it instructional designers, LMS providers, consulting firms, or what have you – it is always best to do business with a specialist. They know the questions to ask, the quirks of the product, and less time is wasted waiting for them to come up-to-speed with the program.

Starting a Customer Education Program: What You Should Know

Talented Learning

Today we feature a post by Adam Avramescu , Head of Customer Education & Training at Checkr and Co-Founder of the CELab blog/podcast. He also authored the new book, Customer Education: Why Smart Companies Profit by Making Customers Smarter. Are you thinking about starting a customer education program? Perhaps you want to support broader customer success or marketing strategies. These are all valid reasons to offer standardized customer education.

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The Rise of LMS Specialists: A Tour of Learning Tech Innovation

Talented Learning

Welcome to the Era of LMS Specialists. Let’s explore and then I’ll introduce you to some illustrative examples of how this “specialist” movement is expanding traditional LMS boundaries. LMS Specialists: Why Now? As an LMS selection consultant , I’ve had a front-row seat in the rapid shift toward specialization. LMS Specialists: What’s So Special? LMS Specialists: Noteworthy Examples.

Are You Overlooking Today’s Hottest Corporate Learning Trend?

Talented Learning

After all, learning practitioners are widely known for saying they want to consult more deeply with business leaders, align with strategic objectives and even earn a seat at the executive table. For example, some of the most dynamic LMS market growth is happening in customer education.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Instructional Designer as Consultant?

Learning Visions

Cammy Beans Learning Visions Musings on eLearning, instructional design and other training stuff. Friday, February 08, 2008 Instructional Designer as Consultant? — Patti Shank , President, Learning Peaks LLC, USA Instructional Designer as Consultant Are we seeing this happen?

What Factors Are Shaping the LMS Market? 2018 Learning Systems FAQ

Talented Learning

As an independent learning systems consultant , I’m often asked to share my opinion about what’s happening in the LMS market. Mobile Apps: Not long ago, custom mobile learning apps seemed like a passing fad, but now they’re making a comeback.

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Creativity within Constraints: When Cost, Resource Scarcity, or Deadlines Make Effective Elearning Seem Out of Reach

The Learning Dispatch

An interaction catalog can help you develop effective elearning under constraints. Developing Effective Custom Training While Respecting Resource Limitations. And this is a greater challenge when it comes to elearning (and other forms of online training). Budget limits.

Does Your Business Really Need an LMS? Straight Talk with “The eLearning Coach”

Talented Learning

Earlier this year, I was fortunate to be interviewed by one of the learning community’s most talented instructional designers and thought leaders, Connie Malamed (aka “ The eLearning Coach “). What’s the best predictor that an agent will sell your product?

INTEGRATING SOCIAL LEARNING IN THE WORKPLACE

Learnnovators

Redefining of processes and systems to support the change (adhering to the old rules while expecting new behaviour is not only counter-productive but also damaging). Sahana Chattopadhyay is an L&D Consultant, OD Specialist, Blended Learning Architect, Social Learning Evangelist, and Blogger. I have been writing about social learning and its related concepts – communities of practices , working out loud and skills for the networked world for quite some time now.

Is eLearning Dead? Is Instructional Design Dying with It?

Kapp Notes

Death of Self-Pace eLearning. In a report published in August 2016 by Sam Adkins of Ambient Insight a declaration is made that self-paced eLearning is in a death spiral: The worldwide five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) for self-paced eLearning is distinctly negative at -6.4%; global revenues for self-paced courseware are dropping fast. In 2016, global revenues for self-paced eLearning reached $46.6 The demand for “traditional” eLearning is waning.

Double Your eLearning Return on Investment

eLearning Architect

My seminar was called ‘How to Double your eLearning Return on Investment’ - and following a lively seminar with lots of questions, I wanted to share some highlights. The last time I presented at Learning Technologies was three years ago - whilst still being responsible for delivering an eLearning program within a huge, global organisation. Running my own eLearning consultancy has certainly been an eye-opener and provided me with a steep learning curve.

2020 LMS Trends: An Analyst’s Extended Enterprise Learning Predictions

Talented Learning

These are mostly “specialist” platforms. Besomebody Acquires Pixelbug to Add AI, AR and VR to Its Skills Training Products. 3) Specialists and Cloud LMS Vendors Win the Extended Enterprise Race. 4) Customer Education Remains a Golden Ticket. New year.

MOOCS IN WORKPLACE LEARNING – PART 1: SOME POINTS TO CONSIDER

Learnnovators

And learning design will move from fixed course formats to a blended modality of curated content , custom-built content and user-generated content including ongoing conversations. Workplace learning designers, consultants, organizational leaders and change agents, and employees will have to work in collaboration to bring about this shift. Train channel partners and customers – 1-800-Flowers.com. Corporate MOOCs can also include custom-built content if the topic requires it.

A showdown between quality eLearning and rapid development? #ASTD2014

Web Courseworks

This week, Managing eLearning features another guest post from Andy Hicken, Web Courseworks’ Product Innovation Specialist. ASTD’s International Conference and Exposition is a massive, thoroughly capitalist, and rather carnivalesque convergence of people working in corporate talent development, along with the companies and consultants who sell to them. A few examples: Michael Allen, Julie Dirksen, and Clark Quinn presented their Serious eLearning Manifesto.

Limit the Use of Free eLearning — The Best of eLearning is Not Free

Enyota Learning

Over the past decade, 98% of small businesses have increased their use of eLearning. A majority of this increase in eLearning is owed to freely available learning management systems, authoring tools, and eLearning courses. eLearning has been the new normal for years now and companies are leaving no stones unturned to seek courses that deliver the best training value to their employees. Why Limit the Use of Free eLearning?

LMS Trends: 2018 Mid-Year Learning Systems Market Update

Talented Learning

1) Specialists Steal Even More Spotlight. This new “specialist” technology landscape benefits LMS customers and vendors, alike. Specialists now rule the LMS world. 4) Customer-Focused Learning Systems Are on Fire.

Extended Enterprise Learning: Can You Get There From Here?

Talented Learning

Are you an HR or L&D professional trying to figure out how to expand your training programs to customers, channel partners or others outside of your organization’s walls? ” As a specialist in extended enterprise learning technologies, I get it. And when they try to understand stakeholders from business units, sales or customer service departments it’s like trying to speak a foreign language altogether.

How to Choose Between an eLearning Agency, Freelancer or Full-time Employee

eLearning Architect

Starting an eLearning project is an intimidating task. The same can be said for resourcing an eLearning project - who is going to undertake the work? First things first, let's remember that an eLearning project usually consists of two projects rather than one - the content and the platform. We need both the eLearning content and the platform in order to deliver online learning. The name given to a platform that delivers eLearning is LMS or Learning Management System).

LMS Technology Trends: Why Focus Is The Next Big Thing

Talented Learning

Early on, I discovered that organizations invest much more heavily in learning programs for customers, partners and community members. So I co-founded Talented Learning as the world’s only research and consulting firm focused primarily on advancing extended enterprise learning. I believe learning organizations have a much better chance at success when they choose a “best fit” specialist LMS. Channel, prospect and customer education is a core part of their business.

52 eLearning Experts Share their Best Tip for Creating Engaging eLearning

eLearningArt

As an instructional designer, I’m always trying to make my eLearning courses more interesting, effective, and engaging. That’s why I decided to ask the leading eLearning industry experts to share their single best tip for creating engaging learning. Here are our amazing eLearning experts: Tom Kuhlmann | Karl Kapp | Ray Jimenez | Patti Shank | Bryan Jones. To make eLearning more engaging, think of how a TV mystery show is created.

The ultimate authoring tool buyer’s guide

Elucidat

Choosing an elearning authoring tool isn’t easy and it takes more than a free trial. This detailed guide and six point scorecard is designed to help you find the best elearning software for your needs. It intends to work with third-party design agencies to create the products.

The Augmented LMS: New Life for Talent Management Learning?

Talented Learning

At that time, interest in training customers, channel partners and others “outside the firewall” was on the rise, but many organizations either could not or would not use their internal employee-focused LMS to support external learning programs. From the outset, we understood why learning technology decision makers often sought a separate LMS for channel partner and customer-focused education. Extended Enterprise Specialists Roll Into Town.

Extended Enterprise LMS Buyers Companion – 2019 Edition

Talented Learning

If you’re familiar with Talented Learning, you know we’re fiercely independent consultants focused on one goal – to help you choose the best extended enterprise LMS for your needs. For instance, in the corporate world , that could include customers, prospects, channel partners, franchisees, contractors, suppliers and perhaps employees, too. 1) Why is customer education gaining momentum? Customer Education 101 – With Dave Derington of Outreach.

The LMS Meets 2017: Top 15 Learning Tech Predictions

Talented Learning

Rather, they are educated guesses about learning technology trends, based on our continuous market research, our consulting interactions with countless LMS buyers and sellers and more than 20 years of experience we’ve accumulated in the learning industry. 12 LMS Specialists Are On Fire. By far, the most innovation in the industry is happening among LMS specialists. With the emergence of the specialist LMS options, 2017 is a buyer’s market.

4 Corporate LMS Flavors: Which Do You Choose?

Talented Learning

Extended enterprise learning is defined as the education a corporation provides to their non-employee audiences such as external channel partners, customers, prospects, dealers, franchises, distributors and/or retailers. By doing so, corporations are generating measurable direct and indirect income, increasing customer satisfaction and expanding their global reach. Customer and Prospect LMS – Solutions designed around ecommerce and integration with CRM solutions.

Retail training: How to pick the right authoring tool

Elucidat

Choosing an elearning authoring tool isn’t easy and it takes more than a free trial. Choosing an elearning authoring tool is not an easy decision and realistically you’ll probably need more than a demo to make it. Each provider will also have their own way of working with customers and offer different levels and types of support. SCALABILITY : Global teams mean a whole lot more elearning. Makes it really easy to update old elearning modules. Elearning Product

How to grow an elearning dream team: 8 things the best L&D leaders do

Elucidat

How do you set-up and nurture an elearning team that can efficiently create smart online learning, at the right quality and volume? We’ve pulled together our years of experience working across hundreds of elearning teams of every size and configuration – across the globe.

Podcast Episode 7: Modern Certification Programs – With Arleen Thomas

Talented Learning

On a regular basis, I’m interviewing some of the most knowledgeable professionals in the field of extended enterprise learning – including vendor executives, consultants, customers and others. Specialists in every function must continuously upgrade their skills and competencies. This may sound simplistic, but we relied on a classic product management approach. With 1000 or more off-the-shelf learning systems available today, why did you choose a custom approach?

9 Top eLearning Trends of 2017 from 49 Experts

eLearningArt

What does the future of eLearning hold? I think a good place is by asking 49 of the world’s leading eLearning experts the top 3 trends they predict for 2017. Here are the two most interesting takeaways from surveying 49 eLearning experts: Trend of Trends: 9 trends were picked by 10% or more of the experts. Download additional analysis and all the commentary in the free 2017 eLearning Learning Trends eBook. Dr. Partridge is an eLearning Evangelist for Adobe Systems.

The four pillars of selling online courses

Plume - e-learning & learning management systems

It’s extremely easy for course content creators to succumb to the uphill struggle of constantly finding new customers to sell their courses to. And while you may think that this might be the inevitable business model for elearning providers, this labour-intensive sales process hinders growth and limits customer’s lifetime value (LTV) to your business. Ask questions and truly understand their frustrations so that you can create products which you know will sell.

5 Tips for Choosing the Best eLearning Provider

Eduson

5 Tips for Choosing the Best eLearning Provider. How do they choose from more than 600 eLearning providers? According to Bersin by Deloitte report , there are more than 600 eLearning providers on the market, so selecting eLearning service can be incredibly difficult. We made a list of tips on choosing the eLearning provider so that you can make your purchasing decision easier. Arrange the same for eLearning!

MOOCs In Workplace Learning – Part 1: Some Points To Consider

Learnnovators

And learning design will move from fixed course formats to a blended modality of curated content , custom-built content and user-generated content including ongoing conversations. Workplace learning designers, consultants, organizational leaders and change agents, and employees will have to work in collaboration to bring about this shift. Train channel partners and customers – 1-800-Flowers.com. Corporate MOOCs can also include custom-built content if the topic requires it.

18 Top Learning Systems Trends to Watch in 2018

Talented Learning

17 Specialists Steal Even More Spotlight. Instead, these are precision tools, aimed at customers who are grappling with well-defined issues. Other specialists leverage their expertise in a particular sector by combining their industry know-how with technology to deliver compelling learning applications. And nearly every learning systems specialist we know is expanding its business by narrowing its focus. #16 Increased customer satisfaction.

Which Learning Content Trends Matter Most to You?

Talented Learning

Organizations raced to set up their learning management systems (LMS) for employees and then customers, members and partners and were surprised that nobody voluntarily came and the learning content race started.

Social Technology, Community Management & Organizational Development

Learnnovators

Organizations and the corporate world will require deep and fundamental transformations in business practices including leadership, governance, processes, customer orientation, etc. I wanted to set the premise for what is to come in the months and years ahead…and where do we come in as learning and organizational development specialists. Sahana Chattopadhyay is an L&D Consultant, OD Specialist, Blended Learning Architect, Social Learning Evangelist, and Blogger.

“Digital Mindset”: What Is It All About?

Learnnovators

This diagram, by putting in perspective the characteristics of a workplace of the 21st Century, acts as a trigger to define certain qualities that everyone (employees, leaders, managers, partners, customers, and all other stakeholders) need to inculcate today. It means a comfort with ambiguity that would have been undreamed of in the process-driven era of assembly line production.

Not All Interactivity is the Same – Decoding Interactivity Levels

Enyota Learning

In eLearning, interactivity drives engagement. Interactivity in eLearning can extend from simple click-to-reveal kind of actions, to creating situations and scenario reproductions, and creating decision tests. Interactivity in eLearning is broken down into the following levels: Level 1.